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Here's what you need to know when driving in Florida

In Florida, auto insurance costs $2,425 a year on average — that's 59% more than the national average. Car insurance rates are determined by many factors, including a driver's age, driving history and location. To help you find an affordable policy, we analyzed average Florida car insurance rates to give you a frame of reference to determine whether what you're paying is fair.

Continue reading to learn how much auto insurance costs in Florida, or if you're ready to see how much you can save, submit your ZIP code above to receive personalized quotes from top insurance companies.

The best car insurance companies in Florida

Here are the top three car insurance companies in Florida, according to third-party ratings from J.D. Power.

1st place medal
USAA

Not only did USAA receive a score of 898 (out of 1,000) in J.D. Powers' 2021 U.S. Auto Insurance Study for the state of Florida, it also won top marks in The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey.

2nd place medal
State Farm

State Farm was a runner-up in J.D. Power's 2021 auto study, scoring 848 out of 1,000.

3rd place medal
Allstate

Coming in third place with a score of 846 in J.D. Power's 2021 customer satisfaction survey, Allstate is among the most popular insurance providers.

Key takeaways
  • Floridians pay about 59% more for car insurance on average
  • The cheapest major car insurance company in Florida is Travelers

The cheapest car insurance companies in Florida

These companies offer the cheapest rates in the following scenarios.

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Travelers — cheapest overall

Travelers' average monthly cost of $169 is cheaper than Florida's average of $202 a month.

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Travelers — cheapest after at-fault accident and DUI

We found that Travelers has the most affordable rates following an at-fault accident or DUI.

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GEICO — cheapest for teen drivers

Insuring young drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 can be exorbitantly expensive. GEICO provides the lowest rate, at $454 per month or $5,453 annually.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Travelers $2,026
State Farm $2,214
GEICO $2,629
Mercury $2,909
Allstate $3,280
Progressive $3,289
United Automobile Ins Group $3,326
Updated: 11/29/22.

Dynamic auto insurance data methodology

Methodology: The auto insurance rates displayed above and throughout this page are dynamic, meaning the data will refresh when the most recent information is made available. Rates are based on a sample driver profile — a 30-year-old single male driver with a Honda Accord and full coverage. This profile was adjusted based on common pricing factors used by major car insurance companies, like age, coverage level, driving record and others.


Florida auto insurance laws

Car insurance is mandatory in almost every state. In Florida — which is a no-fault state — the requirements for car insurance coverage differ from most other states. Rather than requiring bodily injury liability coverage (which is usually mandatory), Florida doesn't require it. Instead, personal injury protection (PIP) is relied upon to cover injuries.

If you choose the legal minimum coverage level in Florida, expect to pay an average of $754 annually. This rate is less expensive than the nationwide average by 51%.

For the legal minimum coverage level in Florida, expect to pay about $754 per year.

State minimum coverage

In order to drive legally in the state of Florida, you must carry at least the minimum liability limits listed below:

  • Property Damage Liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Personal Injury Protection: $10,000 per person

Optional coverage in Florida (varies by carrier):

  • Comprehensive
  • Collision
  • Bodily injury liability
  • Medical payments
  • Roadside assistance
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
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If you want more robust protection and coverage, you can choose a policy with comprehensive and collision, which will protect you against the costs of car accidents, theft, vandalism or weather incidents. This is commonly known as full coverage.

Just keep in mind that better coverage comes at a cost: in Florida — which already tends to be an expensive state for auto insurance — a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $2,268, 201% more than liability-only car insurance. For a comprehensive policy with a $500 deductible, expect to pay 232% more than you would for basic coverage.

In Florida, a comprehensive insurance policy with a $1,000 deductible costs $2,268, 201% more than liability-only car insurance.

The Zebra's guide to Florida car insurance laws


Learn more about car insurance requirements in the state of Florida with our helpful guide.


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Florida car insurance premiums by rating factor

A number of individual factors go into calculating what you pay for auto insurance, including your coverage level, driving history, location and more. To get a better idea of how much you should be paying in premium in Florida, we gathered average rates by rating factor below.

Cheap auto insurance in Florida for minimum coverage

Forgoing full coverage for liability-only at the state minimum level will make your car insurance significantly cheaper. In Florida, the average cost for minimum coverage is $63 per month, or $754 yearly — a savings of $1,749 compared to full coverage.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Travelers $592
Mercury $610
GEICO $635
State Farm $718
Allstate $1,034
Progressive $1,399
United Automobile Ins Group $1,453
Updated: 11/29/22.

Cheap auto insurance in Florida with bad credit

In almost all states, your credit score is a factor that affects your rate. This is because data informs insurance companies that drivers with poor credit tend to carry more risk, and thus, rates are much higher if you have bad credit. On average, Florida drivers with poor credit pay $2,533 more every year than those with great credit. Take a look at how different companies charge those with bad credit below.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
United Automobile Ins Group $3,326
Travelers $4,067
State Farm $4,091
GEICO $4,625
Mercury $4,671
Progressive $5,143
Allstate $6,056
Updated: 11/29/22.

Cheap auto insurance in Florida with an at-fault accident

A history of accidents or tickets can play a big role in how much you pay. This is because your driving history is another indicator of risk — and risk is something insurance companies want to avoid. Having a recent at-fault accident in your driving record could raise your premiums by as much as $992 per year.

Safe driver discounts

In addition to having a cheaper premium, some companies offer a safe driving discount. While the amount varies based on your company, it can range between 5 and 10%.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Travelers $2,621
State Farm $2,982
GEICO $3,303
United Automobile Ins Group $4,282
Progressive $4,825
Mercury $4,926
Allstate $5,066
Updated: 11/29/22.

Cheap auto insurance for young drivers in Florida

Young drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 pay the most for car insurance across the U.S. Because of the risk presented by inexperienced drivers, teen drivers pay more than three times the national average for car insurance. In Florida, teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 pay $6,295 per year — which is $4,766 more than the national average and 160% higher than what a 30-year-old Florida driver would pay.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
GEICO $5,453
Travelers $6,166
State Farm $7,116
United Automobile Ins Group $8,255
Progressive $9,273
Allstate $10,567
Mercury $14,784
Updated: 11/29/22.

Florida auto insurance rate by violation

When you receive a ticket, your car insurance rates will probably go up. How much your rate will increase depends on the violation, your car insurance company's pricing standards and differing local insurance regulations. That's why tickets may have a different impact on insurance in your state compared to the national average.

See below average auto insurance rates in Florida after a few common citations.

Accident/Violation Avg. Annual Premium % Rate Increase $ Rate Increase
None $2,923 0% $0
One Med/PIP claim $2,923 0% $0
Not-at-fault accident $3,029 4% $106
Two Med/PIP claims $3,139 7% $216
One comp claim $3,159 8% $236
Two comp claims $3,256 11% $333
Child safety restraint $3,306 13% $383
Failure to wear a seat belt $3,306 13% $383
Driving without lights $3,317 13% $394
Failure to show documents $3,317 13% $394
Speeding 6 - 10 MPH over limit $3,352 15% $429
Passing school bus $3,391 16% $468
Wrong way/wrong lane $3,406 17% $483
Improper passing $3,408 17% $485
Failure to yield $3,411 17% $488
Failure to stop at a red light $3,411 17% $488
Illegal turn $3,413 17% $490
Driving with expired registration $3,417 17% $494
Cell phone violation $3,417 17% $494
Following too closely $3,417 17% $494
Texting while driving $3,427 17% $504
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH over limit $3,478 19% $555
Speeding in school zone $3,506 20% $582
Driving too slowly $3,506 20% $582
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH over limit $3,607 23% $684
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH over limit $3,630 24% $707
Operating a vehicle without permission $3,674 26% $751
Open container $3,722 27% $799
In 65 MPH zone $3,878 33% $955
At-fault accident - less than $1000 $4,122 41% $1,199
At-fault accident - greater than $2000 $4,201 44% $1,278
At-fault accident - $1000-$2000 $4,201 44% $1,278
Racing $4,399 50% $1,475
DUI $4,488 54% $1,565
Refusal to submit to a chemical test $4,488 54% $1,565
Driving with a suspended license $4,599 57% $1,676
Reckless driving $4,651 59% $1,728
Leaving scene of an accident/hit and run $4,705 61% $1,782
Updated: 11/29/22.

Florida DUI laws

In Florida, a DUI offense can increase your annual car insurance premium by over 50%. Finding affordable auto insurance after a DUI violation can be a challenge. In fact, a DUI often triggers a bigger premium increase than most single road violations.

 
Low-cost car insurance after a DUI in Florida

If you're convicted of a DUI or DWI violation in Florida, it’s important to assess each of your insurance choices carefully. Car insurance premiums following a DUI can vary substantially by insurer. For example, the least expensive car insurance company with a DUI in Florida, Travelers, advertises annual rates 35% less than the statewide average insurance rate with a DUI. The second-cheapest insurer for auto insurance after a DUI in Florida is State Farm, while the most expensive is United, with prices 26% above average.

Company Avg. Annual Premium
Travelers $2,911
State Farm $3,471
Progressive $3,714
GEICO $3,893
Allstate $4,192
Mercury $4,233
United Automobile Ins Group $5,670
Updated: 11/29/22.

There is no insurer in particular that offers an inexpensive DUI car insurance rate that's comparable to a rate without a DUI on your record. The recommended way to save after a DUI citation is to shop around with as many companies as possible.

 

Florida SR-22 insurance

An SR-22 is a routine legal requirement triggered by a violation such as a DUI conviction, a ticket for driving without insurance, an at-fault collision, driving with a suspended license or accumulating too many points on your license. It is not a type of insurance policy, but a form issued by your insurance company with the state of Florida to ensure that you remain insured.

Finding cheap auto insurance with an SR-22 in Florida might require some research, but it could pay off in the end.

 

How to acquire an SR-22 in Florida

For currently insured drivers

If you possess an active auto insurance policy, requesting an SR-22 is straightforward. Contact your insurance company and request that the company file an SR-22 certificate request on your behalf. If your current insurance company won't request a certificate, you should look for a new auto insurance company.

 

For uninsured drivers

When filing for a new policy, you might be saddled with an up-front fee to have your prospective insurer file an SR-22 request for you and to cover your high-risk driving profile. Needing an SR-22 certification might disqualify you from buying insurance from some carriers, while others will sell you a policy.

 

For drivers without a vehicle

Not owning a vehicle makes it more difficult to obtain an SR-22, as you will need to furnish proof of insurance to receive the certificate. If you don't own a vehicle, you should apply for a non-owners car insurance policy before filing for an SR-22. Non-owners auto coverage is typically cheaper than traditional coverage since it doesn't cover physical damage to your vehicle.

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Rates by city

Car insurance companies calculate your rate based on many factors, the location of the vehicle being an important one. The cheapest car insurance is found in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and the most expensive in Westview, Florida.

Have a look at the table below to see average car insurance costs in some of Florida's biggest cities.

City Avg. Annual Premium
Jacksonville $2,745
Orlando $2,958
St. Petersburg $3,204
Tampa $3,653
Miami $3,938
Updated: 11/29/22.

Car insurance price trends in Florida

In Florida, average annual auto insurance costs increased by $101 in the past year. A typical Florida driver pays an average of $2,425 per year.

Year over year pricing trends in Florida gravitate from sharp increases — sometimes by as much as hundreds of dollars — and less commonly, slight dips. The steepest decrease occurred from 2013 to 2014, while the highest surge took place from 2015 to 2016. In contrast, car insurance rates across the United States have stayed relatively steady in the past few years, moving from $1,521 in 2018 to $1,529 in 2021.

FLORIDA CAR INSURANCE RATE TRENDS
Year Avg. Annual Premium — Florida Yearly Change — Florida Avg. Annual Premium — US Yearly Change — US
2021 $2,425 $101 $1,529 $46
2020 $2,324 -$1 $1,483 -$61
2019 $2,325 $218 $1,544 $23
2018 $2,107 $170 $1,521 $84
2017 $1,937 $63 $1,437 $69
2016 $1,874 $330 $1,368 $88
2015 $1,544 -$40 $1,280 $51
2014 $1,584 -$88 $1,229 $34
2013 $1,672 $46 $1,195 -$80
2012 $1,626 $260 $1,276 $82

If your rates are rising faster than the average in your state, compare quotes and find a better deal. The Zebra's car insurance comparison engine furnishes quotes based on your specific profile — enter your ZIP below to get started.


Florida car insurance FAQs

Below you'll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Florida auto insurance.

Who has the cheapest car insurance in Florida? Chevron down icon

Travelers has the cheapest rates in Florida for a full coverage policy. State Farm also offers rates that are lower than average. The best way to find the cheapest car insurance in Florida is to compare auto insurance quotes from as many companies as possible.

Why is car insurance so expensive in Florida? Chevron down icon

Florida’s average insurance premiums are 59% above the national average. This is mainly due to the state's number of uninsured drivers, higher-risk drivers, unpredictable weather and mandatory insurance laws.

Is Florida a no-fault state for car insurance? Chevron down icon

Yes, Florida is a no-fault state. This means if you're injured in a crash, you're required to cover your own bodily injury payments — regardless of fault.

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RECENT QUESTIONS

Can a insurance agent ask me about my criminal history?

The reason that insurance companies ask you that is because your insurance history is a rating factor. It's not to determine if you've had a criminal record.
Jan 24, 2018 Citra, Florida

Why can I not remove my son from my auto insurance policy with GEICO?

Generally you can't remove a household member from your policy unless they have their own separate insurance coverage. You should have the option to exclude your son from the policy if you don't want him to impact your rate, but that means he will not be covered to drive any of the vehicles you currently insure.
Sep 5, 2017 Delray Beach, FL

Should I register my vehicle in the state I attend college in?

It depends. Obviously, you want to get the insurance in the state that the car is registered in.
Sep 24, 2018 Tampa, FL

Is car insurance mandatory in New Jersey if a person no longer uses their car to drive?

Here is a link a post that should answer your question. In New Jersey, you aren't required to maintain insurance coverage on a vehicle you are no longer driving, but the tags for your vehicle will need to be returned to the state.
Nov 18, 2016 Whippany, NJ

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